For many solo diners, the most trying times are Chinese festiv

Late last year, Pu Kunhong decided to conduct a test. On New Year’s Eve, the 21-year-o

ld visited a well-known hotpot chain on his own to see how people would react.

Inside the packed restaurant, diners sat around tables, dropping meat, fish

balls and vegetables into boiling cauldrons and chatting happily amid the rising steam.

Pu sat opposite a large stuffed teddy bear-placed at his table by the management to ac

t as a companion-and quietly added slices of raw beef to the broth bubbling in his cauldron.

Providing large stuffed toys as companions is just one wa

y the restaurant attempts to put solo diners at ease and reduce the stigma of eating out alone.

“The stuffed bear brought a sense of warmth and security, and I didn’t feel embarrassed eating on my own,” Pu said.

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Last year, a few days before the incident, Zhou sent a mes

ssage to the students who attended the school reunion, saying,

“Do you remember the gathering two years ago? I’ll get even with him (Xie Diao)!”

Previous reports said Zhou confessed to police after the incident that w

hat Xie had said in the gathering made him feel unpleasant in the past two years.

On Dec 12, 2018, Zhou went to Beijing for a trip. Two days later in the evening, Xie Diao met Zh

ou at a restaurant outside the school. He even took a photo for Zhou and sent it to their high school Wechat group.

The surveillance footage from the restaurant recorded everything that hap

pened later. Before the meal was ready, Zhou suddenly took out a dagger and directly st

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irths, while the maternal mortality rate decreased from

births, said the government statistics.The communique also reported improvements in medi

cal reform as more people seek treatment at primary-level clinics and the number of medical workers in China increases.

People’s right to social security, especially in healthcare, has been extended, said a white paper titled “Progr

ss in Human Rights over the 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up in China,” published in 2018.

The coverage of the basic medical insurance has been expanding and the per capit

a basic medical insurance subsidy for urban and rural residents has been rising, it said.

China has been promoting the Healthy China initiative, which aims to improve the na

tional health policy and ensure the delivery of comprehensive lifecycle health services for Chinese people.

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Taiwan-based TSMC, the world’s biggest contract chipm

aker, said its shipments to Huawei have not been affected by the US

ban on the latter’s access to US components, Reuters reported on Thursday.

On Monday, the US Department of Commerce issued a 90-day

temporary license, effective until Aug 19, allowing “specific limited engagement in tra

nsactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items” to Huawei.

Some analysts said the US moves against Huawei will lead to strong support for the

unlisted Chinese firm as Huawei is working hard to offset the fallout of the restrictions.

Xiang Ligang, director-general of telecom industry association Information Consu

mption Alliance, said TSMC’s commitment to continue shipping products is of strate

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Education Ministry issues notice to prevent ‘gaokao immigr

China’s Ministry of Education issued an urgent notice to schools on Friday to prevent “gaokao immigration”.

“Gaokao immigrants” refers to those individuals who lack a hukou (household registration) or student status in a pro

vince but still attend the gaokao, the National College Entrance Examination, in that province.

The ministry required local authorities to ensure that the exam-free access to near

by primary and secondary schools is universally available for school-age children.

High schools should strictly follow the admission procedures and policies, said the

ministry, adding they are banned from vying for ace students in violation of regulations.

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Central Committee decided to launch a campaign on th

he subject of remaining true to the Party’s original aspirations and keeping its mission firmly in mind.

On Monday afternoon, Xi also visited the home of Sun Guanfa, a 71-year-old veter

an who is also a descendant of a Red Army martyr, at Tantou village, Zishan township.

Hearing that Sun’s family members had no difficulties in employment and education, Xi said as long as the people follow th

e Party’s leadership, China will definitely achieve great rejuvenation and the people will enjoy a better life.

“The Communist Party is dedicated to making the people happy, and the CPC Central Committee is making all efforts to b

ring about better lives for the people,” Xi said while visiting a greenhouse in the township.

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ery likely so. Only things may not go the way Wash

If they wanted a replay of what happened to ZTE, a Chinese company which relies heavily on outsider

technologies, they may never see it. Because Huawei is a dramatically different kind of business.

The Plan B Huawei has just revealed — a series of self-developed chips — is only part of what makes it an enterprise of strategic insight, and hence resilience. Over

time, that insight has rewarded it with a viable biosphere that its founder Ren Zhengfei believes will enable it to weat

her the storm. “Our growth may drop a bit in the wake of US restrictions, but negative growth is impossible,” said a confident Ren during a Tuesday inter

view with Chinese media, adding that Huawei has cultivated longstanding trust with industry partners.

That may be why, even after Google barred Huawei from some Android featur

es, Ren spoke highly of the Silicon Valley giant, praising it as a “good company”. That may

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Hong Kong has agreements on extradition arrangem

angements with 20 jurisdictions. The Chinese mainland, Macao and Taiwan are not among them.

The revision was triggered by a murder case in which a Hong Kong ma

n, Chan Tong-kai, allegedly killed his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan and then fled back to the c

ty. The Taiwan authorities are unable to prosecute him as the two sides have no fugitive transfer arrangements.

During the meeting, Han also hailed the contribution of the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations in pro

moting exchanges and cooperation between Hong Kong and the mainland, as well as its efforts in maintaining Hong Kong’s

prosperity and stability. He hoped that the organization can continue to firmly safeguard national sovereignty.

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Data from the US Census Bureau showed that bilater

eral merchandise trade between the two

countries has declined by more

than 15 percent since September 2018, when the second round of tariffs went into effect.

“This has also impacted global value

chains in East Asia and other trading partners,” the report said.

“We’ve seen the trade tariffs that have

been introduced on both sides have already been damaging trade,” said Dawn Holl

and, chief of the Global Economic

Monitoring Branch in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Holland said the adverse effects of trade tensions on economic growth in China “has been partly offset by some stimulus measures”.

According to the report, growth in China is projected to moderate gradually from 6.6 percent in 2018 to 6.3 percent in 2019, and 6.2 percent in 2020.

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More comprehensive and well-targeted policy respon

ses are needed to tackle the current growth slowdown,” Elliot Harris, UN chief economist and assi

stant secretary-general for economic development, said Tuesday at a news conference. “It is increasingly clear that policies to pro

mote sustainable development will need to look beyond GDP growth and identify new and more robust measures of

economic performance that appropriately reflect the costs of inequality, insecurity and climate change.”

In response to slowing growth and subdued inflation, major central banks have eased their monetary policy stances. The recent mo

netary policy shifts have helped to stabilize global financial markets and capital flows to emerging economies.

However, the report cautions that a more protracted period of monetary accommodation could exacerbate fina

ncial imbalances, including further fueling debt accumulation and raising medium-term risks to financial stability.

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